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  • Initiative 1433, a proposal to increase the state minimum wage, will appear on the fall statewide ballot in Washington, says Secretary of State Kim Wyman. The state Elections Division on Friday completed a random sample of the 345,907 signatures submitted by the initiative backers and determined that the measure easily exceeded the bare minimum of 246,372 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. Wyman said a random sample of over 10,000 signatures showed most were valid. Rejection rate due...

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  • State election crews have begun checking on voter signatures submitted for four citizen initiatives. First up:  Initiative 1433, a plan to boost the state minimum wage to $13.50 in stages and require employers to provide paid sick leave. The minimum wage currently is $9.47 and rises annually with the CPI under terms of an earlier voter-approved initiative. Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Monday the I-1433 campaign submitted 345,907 signatures, nearly 100,000 more than the bare minimum needed to secure...

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  • Washington’s presidential election year Primary is now under way! Counties have been sending ballots to more than 4 million registered Washington voters this week. The ballot is loaded with dozens of wide-open races as voters narrow the field for each office to two top vote-getters who will advance to the fall General Election. In all, 671 candidates are running for federal, statewide, legislative, county, judicial and local offices, and hundreds more are running for Democratic and Republican precinct committee officer....

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  • Do you know of a corporation or business that helps its community in some way, such as by donating money or supplies, or providing volunteer help? Help give that company some much-deserved recognition by nominating it for Washington’s highest civics award. The Office of Secretary of State is accepting nominations for a 2016 Corporations for Communities Award. The deadline to nominate a company is Aug. 31. Nomination forms can be found here. Secretary of State Kim Wyman says the CFC...

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  • (Photos courtesy of Washington State Archives) With the 2016 National Republican Convention happening next week in Cleveland, our State Archives got into the mood by sending us a few photos from the 1964 GOP Convention in San Francisco. The top photo shows Washington delegates holding up Dan Evans signs inside the Cow Palace, which housed the convention. (Evans successfully ran for governor that year, serving three consecutive terms.) The middle shot features Dan and Nancy Evans with an elephant, the...

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